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January 28, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Dave Hooker

Dave Hooker
  (2:55 PM)

Let the chatting begin....

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Even though you Cover Men's College Basketball Rookies,What is your Favorite NBA Team?

Dave Hooker
  (2:55 PM)

Celtics

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

Ole Miss has four running backs committed already in the 2013 class. Do you think they will move one or two of them to another position?

Dave Hooker
  (2:57 PM)

Certainly possible. Running backs and quarterbacks often play other positions in college. However, colleges are using more tailbacks, ala Alabama, so I wouldn't think more than one or two would switch positions.

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

Schedule looks tough for Ole Miss next season. With the Rebels recruiting class what's your "Wayyyy too early" predictions for Ole Miss next season?

Dave Hooker
  (2:59 PM)

If all falls into place for the Rebels' 2013 recruiting class and I think it will, they'll finish third behind Alabama and LSU. Don't be surprised, however, if Ole Miss tops LSU in the near future. The class is significant this year because I think there are some top high school players and junior college prospects that can contribute right away imo. Thanks. Dave

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

Which recruit comming into the SEC will make the biggest impact for their team?

Dave Hooker
  (3:00 PM)

Have to go with the scouts. Robert Nkemdiche. Chris Jones is a dark horse answer to the question.

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

Ole Miss has already signed Lavon Hooks the #1 juco player of the year. Do you think they will also sign the #1 high school prospect in Robert Nkemdiche?

Dave Hooker
  (3:00 PM)

Yes. I do. Would be shocked if Ole Miss doesn't get Nkemdiche.

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

What do you think about Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss with maybe a top 10 recruiting class?

Dave Hooker
  (3:01 PM)

I'm blown away. It's the story of the recruiting year imo.

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

Can Ole Miss keep up this recruiting trend for the class of 2014?

Dave Hooker
  (3:03 PM)

I think so. We all know about Nkemdiche and Treadwell. They were longtime leans. However, Elijah Daniel was a surprise. And what if they get Antonio Conner? Wow

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

Where do you think Robert Nkemdiche will end up?

Dave Hooker
  (3:03 PM)

Ole Miss

Derrell Hart (Mississippi)

Where do you think Antonio Conner will end up?

Dave Hooker
  (3:03 PM)

Picking the hot team. Ole Miss.

Derrell Hart (Mississippi )

Do you think Ashton Shumpert will flip from Mississippi State to Ole Miss?

Dave Hooker
  (3:06 PM)

I think Ashton is solid to State for now. But what if that class comes together like I think it will? He'll have a serious decision to make. Thanks.

Chris (Tennessee)

What are the chances that Vonn Bell ends up a Vol?

Dave Hooker
  (3:08 PM)

I was once in the minority when I predicted Bell would end up at Tennessee a month ago. I have since picked up some believers. I think Bell ends up at Tennessee.

Bill (Traverse City)

Will Brady Hoke and Co. be able to keep up their recent recruiting success at Michigan now that Urban Meyer is in town?

Dave Hooker
  (3:09 PM)

I think Michigan will continue to recruit well. Just too much to offer. And I REALLY like Hoke's connection with players. Now, will they beat Ohio State on Saturdays? That's a different question.

James (Oceanside, CA)

With Vandy having better results on the field, has recruiting been boosted for them this year?

Dave Hooker
  (3:11 PM)

No question. However, it's not just on-field production. Vandy has sold SEC, great academics and the too-fun city of Nashville to prospects. The only foreseeable downfall for the Dores is if James Franklin heads elsewhere. More schools should be and will be calling him. Thanks

Rusty (Knoxville)

The VOLS need a break in a bad way. Who are we most likely to get down the strech. RB, WR, D-LINE. Thanks Dave.

Dave Hooker
  (3:14 PM)

I think the Vols close with Vonn Bell and Marquez North as headliners. Sure there will be more but not sure Tennessee will get to 27ish commitments as they would like too. Better to save those for next year. Thanks.

Derrell Hart (Mississippi )

Do you think Robert Nkemdiche and Antonio Conner will sign with Ole Miss?

Dave Hooker
  (3:14 PM)

Yes, I think Ole Miss gets both. Thanks

Derrell Hart (Mississippi )

Do you think Austin Golson will flip over to Ole Miss before signing day?

Dave Hooker
  (3:15 PM)

Would not be shocked at all if Golson flipped. I'd put it at 60-percent Florida State right now. Thanks.

Derrell Hart (Mississippi )

Do you see any chance Laremy Tunsil ends up at Ole Miss?

Dave Hooker
  (3:18 PM)

I think there's certainly a chance Tunsil could end up at Ole Miss but I think he's Georgia bound. Thanks

Derrell Hart (Mississippi )

Do you think Ole Miss will end up with a top 10 recruiting class?

Dave Hooker
  (3:19 PM)

Yes. With Nkemdiche likely coming and possible Conner, I think so. Thanks

Sean (Illinois)

Dave, has Notre Dame recruited enough talent in this class to take the next step and become a steady national power? Other than Greg Bryant will any other recruits make an immediate impact?

Dave Hooker
  (3:22 PM)

Well, I think they are a national power after an undefeated season. Can they compete with the SEC is the question they have to answer as do many of the other programs in the nation? Jaylon Smith was one of the most impressive athletes I've seen in person last year. He'll be a factor. Thanks

Chris (Tennessee)

Does the Trey Johnson visit to UT mean anything or was he there to possibly sway Bell?

Dave Hooker
  (3:23 PM)

I don't think he'd take the trip just to recruit Bell. However, I think he'll still end up at Ohio State. And Bell to Tennessee.

jon (pa)

will you answer any questions not posted by derrell hart?

Dave Hooker
  (3:23 PM)

Yes. Thanks

Greg Hurst (Atlanta)

Does UGA land Alvin Kamara, Montravius Adams, Rueben Foster?

Dave Hooker
  (3:24 PM)

I'll say yes and yes and I don't know.

Robert (Atlanta)

Will Clemson rebound from Nkemdiche's mom and have a strong class?

Dave Hooker
  (3:24 PM)

Strong but not elite. Of course, Clemson has long recruited well. Just need more W's on Saturday. Thanks.

Dave Hooker
  (3:27 PM)

Can't hurt with Collins. I don't think so with Tenpenny. He seems solid to Alabama. Juan Day is a great 2014 commitment fyi. Thanks. Dave

Doug (Silver Creek, GA)

UGA had a lot of top recruits in this weekend (Adams, Foster, Kamara, Bellamy). Plus, Mark Richt is doing his in-home visits with all these guys this week. Which one(s) of these four players will end up in Athens?

Dave Hooker
  (3:28 PM)

I'll say all but Foster, who is tough to get a feel on. However, wouldn't surprise me if he ended up in Athens. Thanks.

Adam (Virginia)

Do you think the additions of Loeffler, Grimes, and Moorehead will help Virginia Tech with recruiting in general and will those SEC guys open up the south for VT?

Dave Hooker
  (3:30 PM)

Certainly helps. I like Virginia Tech's class more than some. Have to beat Maryland and Cavs in Virginia. Too much competition in most southern states. North and South Carolina are possibilities. Thanks.

Andrew (Arkansas)

The Razorbacks have picked up some big O linemen recently in Reeve Koehler and Dan Skipper (committed today). Any chance this helps bring Alex Collins (or Tenpenney)?

Dave Hooker
  (3:30 PM)

Please see above. Forgot to post question.

RipperIII (Atlanta)

you think Kamara signs with UGA over BAMA?That would sure help the dogs, but the kid seems to be really impressed with Saban and not afraid to compete for a spot.odds?

Dave Hooker
  (3:32 PM)

"More comfortable at Alabama but still undecided and has Richt in-home left this week." From Kipp Adams via Dawgnation.com. Thanks Kipp.

Bryan (Miami)

Who is Derrell Hart?

Dave Hooker
  (3:32 PM)

Can I get a little more info?

Ryan (Dallas)

You really think that Ole Miss will beat A&M next year? I read where you had them behind only LSU and Alabama.

Dave Hooker
  (3:33 PM)

My apologies. I forgot A&M. Ole SEC guy. Sorry. I have them fourth now.

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Alex Collins looking a like a Razorbacks commit?

Dave Hooker
  (3:34 PM)

Would make a lot of sense. Thanks.

RJ (OK)

Is every signee in America going to Ole Miss?

Dave Hooker
  (3:37 PM)

That seems to be the case. Been very impressive. Thanks

Concerned Gamecock (Chicago)

I've been nervous about my Gamecocks this recruiting cycle, what with losing 'commits' to UGA and UF, and not being a top 10 rated class. But, my friends in SC tell me the Ol' Ball Coach is doing well and SC is filling needs. What do you think, is SC doing well this cycle? Who in this class will be future stars for my Gamecocks?

Dave Hooker
  (3:39 PM)

I thought Matt Rolin loss was big. However, South Carolina's class is solid. As every program in the country chases the SEC, every other program in the SEC is chasing 'Bama in recruiting. Good or great doesn't count anymore. Must be elite to win a championship. I also like Connor MItch pickup fyi. Thanks

cale mcneil (wichita)

how do you think the nba recruiting should work?

Dave Hooker
  (3:40 PM)

Not following...

Derrell Hart (Mississippi )

Who is the best bet to get Denver Kirkland?

Dave Hooker
  (3:43 PM)

As per Corey Long, Miami's to lose. on Kirkland. Thanks.

Andrew (New Jersey)

Can UGA finish with a top 5 class still?

Dave Hooker
  (3:45 PM)

I don't see it at this point. Just outside top five in my opinion. Thanks

Drew (Tampa, FL)

Where do you see Jalen Ramsey and Matthew Thomas signing? Can the Noles land either of those prospects...?

Dave Hooker
  (3:47 PM)

I think Ramsey ends up a Florida and Thomas is a more likely possibility for Noles. Thanks

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

In 3 years, who will have a better recruiting class, Ole Miss or Arkansas? Who will be the better recruiter, Freeze or Beliema?

Dave Hooker
  (3:47 PM)

Ole Miss and Freeze. I lIke Beliema but Hugh has been amazing.

Andrew (New Jersey)

Which class is stronger this years or last years?

Dave Hooker
  (3:48 PM)

For which team?

Andrew (New Jersey)

Where do you think Reuben Foster ends up? How about Adams and Kamara?

Dave Hooker
  (3:49 PM)

Foster, not sure. Adams, Georgia. Kamara, Alabama. Thanks

Adam (Virginia)

One of Virginia Tech's starting cornerbacks (Antone Exum) went down with a torn ACL this past weekend. Will be a stretch to have him back by the season opener against Bama. From what you have seen from Kendall Fuller, would he be ready to stop an AJ Macorron passing attack or should I start drinking heavily?

Dave Hooker
  (3:50 PM)

Bottoms up...

Zach (Davenport)

Long term does Cooley leaving FSU help or hurt them. I know he was a solid recruiter in South Florida but Jimbo sure didnt seem confident in his play calling ability.

Dave Hooker
  (3:51 PM)

Instability never helps in recruiting even if it means a better on-field product eventually. Relationships are SO important. Thanks.

brian (NJ)

where does linebacker skai moore out of florida end up. he just had a great official to rutgers this weekend. it appears he is down to rutgers, vandy, south carolina, and arkansas

Dave Hooker
  (3:51 PM)

Corey Long says South Carolina over Arkansas. Trust him. Good man. Thanks

Nick (HD) [via mobile]

What makes you think that Ramsey decomits from SC and signs with the Gators?

Dave Hooker
  (3:52 PM)

Teammate will be there, quarterback Max Staver. USC IMO is slipping a bit while Florida seems to be trending up. Neither would surprise me thought. Thanks.

Bryan (Miami)

Serious question... how well does Golden, Carrol, Cristobal, and Coley close out for the U?

Dave Hooker
  (3:54 PM)

Miami, considering all that is going on, will close 2013 strong. Al Golden should be commended. #underrated.

Jake (Erie PA)

Any big names left that are truly considering Happy Valley?

Dave Hooker
  (3:58 PM)

Dont' see big names. Holding onto commitments is main goal. Should be a respectable class. Thanks

will (mississippi)

tunsil says today he is confused. hugh amazing or what?

Dave Hooker
  (3:58 PM)

Saw that. Yes, he is amazing. Got a chance to be special there. Thanks

brian (nj)

where will linebacker skai moore end up? he is down to arkansas, rutgers, south carolina, and vanderbilt. he just had a great official at rutgers this past weekend

Dave Hooker
  (4:00 PM)

South Carolina over Arkansas as per Corey Long on Skai Moore. However, he also says FSU is closer than most fans realize on Kirkland. Thanks

ripperIII (Atlanta)

BAMA is loaded again this season, who is their top uncommitted prospect, Tunsil? I know Saban has been working Atlanta a lot, and is here today, so Kamara is a priority...but man, talk about a wealth at RB. who is their top priority?

Dave Hooker
  (4:01 PM)

I think Tunsil is their top priority. Just a juggernaut now. I've never seen anything like it. Thanks

kz (vail)

who do you think will be the next committments to USC

Dave Hooker
  (4:02 PM)

Southern Cal or South Carolina?

Trey (SC)

I think the Gamecocks finish with 4-star DTs Deadrin Senat and Keith Bryant, and 4-star LBs Skai Moore and Yannick Ngakoue. Does that sound probable?

Dave Hooker
  (4:05 PM)

I'll go possible, not probably. Ngakoue will be a star imo. Hungry. Thanks

James (SC)

Will the South Carolina Gamecocks get 4-star DT Keith Bryant?

Dave Hooker
  (4:06 PM)

Seems like tough pull from Florida schools, but checking with Corey Long of the Sunshine State...

Zach (Davenport)

This year or next year class have more star power? Any names you could give us to keep an eye on

Dave Hooker
  (4:06 PM)

Which school? Thanks

Dave Hooker
  (4:09 PM)

Got to run. Look for frequent updates on espn.com/recruiting. Busy time! Thanks. Dave Hooker